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Konstantin Sakaev

Konstantin Sakaev,
grandmaster

Beliavsky, Alexander (2618) - Sakaev, Konstantin (2648)
Yugoslavian Club Championship,
Vrnjacka-Banja, 1999
[D20]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bb3 Nc6

Diagram 1

7. Ne2 Bf5 8. a3 e6 9. Nbc3 Qd7 10. O-O O-O-O 11. Be3

Diagram 2

11...h5!

11...f6 12. exf6 gxf6 13. Re1! White has a little advantage

12. Bc2

12. Rc1 h4 13. Na4 Nd5 14. Nc5 Bxc5 15. Rxc5 With unclear play

12...h4!

12...Ne7 13. Bg5! White has a little advantage

13. h3

Diagram 3

13...f6! 14. Bxf5 exf5 15. exf6 gxf6 16. Nf4

Diagram 4

16...Bd6

16...Nxd4?! 17. Bxd4 Qxd4 18. Qf3! White has a little advantage ; 16...Bh6 17. Nd3! Nxd4 18. Nc5 Qd6 19. b4 With compensation

17. Qf3

17. Nd3 Rhg8 With initiative

17...Bxf4 18. Qxf4 Ne7 19. Rac1 Ned5

Diagram 5

20. Qf3!

20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Qf3 Rhe8! Black has the upper hand

20...Rhg8 21. Nxd5 Qxd5

21...Nxd5 22. Rc5 With counterplay

22. Qxd5 Nxd5 23. Bd2 Rge8

23...Rg7 24. f3 =; 23...f4 24. f3 Ne3 25. Bxe3 fxe3 26. Rc3! =

Diagram 6

24. Rfe1

Better is 24. f3! Re2 25. Rf2 Rde8 26. Kf1 R2e6 Black has a little advantage

24...Re4 25. Rxe4 fxe4 26. Re1 Re8 27. g3 hxg3 28. fxg3 f5 29. Rf1 Rf8

Diagram 7

30. Kf2 Kd7 31. Ke2 Ke6 32. Bg5 Rg8 33. h4 c6

Diagram 8

34. Rc1?!

34...Kf7! 35. Kf2 Kg6 36. Kg2 Kh5 Black has a little advantage

34...a6?! 1/2:1/2

Bullet Next game, annotated by K.Sakaev

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